iPad Pro New iPad Pro, question about PDF annotation and storage

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rebelion, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. rebelion macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Hi guys,

    I'm planning to buy an iPad Pro rather sooner than latter. The main duty will be working with PDFs (from 4-5 pages to several hundred pages): reading, annotating, etc. My main concern at this point is if the annotation on PDF files make them grow a lot or not. Now I'm using a 16GB 3rd gen, so I think the 32GB one will be enough. Do you agree guys?

    Thank you!
  2. blaine07 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2014
    I'd go 128 to be safe. I wouldn't think of today and tomorrow but think of the future. Price is marginal in comparison to security having too much. Not enough could be disastrous.
  3. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    32GB is hard to find somewhere. I was looking to buy 32GB but they don't have them in stock so went with 128GB.
  4. Donka macrumors 68030


    May 3, 2011
    If it is only PDF Annotation and you are not looking to load up with lots of media, games etc. then 32Gb is ample for your needs. I use my large Pro (32Gb) for such a task as well as some other low capacity uses such as media streaming and I have around 12Gb free.
  5. rebelion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Thank you guys!

    Yes, sure that the more space the best, but the cost of the device is somehow important to me.

    The main use of my iPad is reading (books, textbooks, class notes, etc). I want to use the new iPad for note taking (Notability) and PDF annotation (PDF Expert). From time to time, When I travel, I download some episodes from Netflix (200Mb per episode).

    I'm learning towards a refurbished 32GB 9,7 inch (600€ + 100€ pencil), but I'll wait until the new models are about to make a decision.
  6. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    THE amount of money you have/are willing to spend is important. But I've learned the hard way not to be too cheap (not saying you are, but I was).
    I now have the 256gb version and to say it's ample for work is an understatement. Work documents are about 29gb for the last 15 years. But because I've got so much space, I've just filled it with 8Gb webcasts of the colleges I'm following. And all the books I could need/find and... it contains my life, work, university study and if it has room left it contains entertainment as well.

    I planned to own these two (12.9 and 9,7) for the next 3-4 years and deplete the batteries of both almost every day. They are works horses.

    Other thing: try liquidtext for making summaries, documents 5 for file management, integrate PDF expert into documents for annotating PDF, look at Nebo for handwrinting recognition and don't forget GoodNotes or notability.
  7. rebelion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Thank you for your help alecgold! Yes, maybe you're right and I should future proof my purchase in terms of storage size. It's a 90€ difference: 590 for 32Gb, 680 for 128Gb.

    I know liquidtext and it's a great app, but I'm not a fan of summaries myself. I'll take a look to documents5, I'll been using a NAS for several years with their companion app but with my last move to another country I no longer have access to it. I have notability to take handwritten notes. I'll check on Nebo too.
  8. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I am using a 32gb iPad Pro for mainly taking handwritten notes with notability and annotating PDFs (scanned textbook chapters and PDF version of word documents for drafts that I am writing). I have been using this iPad for work since the end of June 2016.

    I have 19.47 GB used and 8.18 GB available. If I look at what is taking up the most space using settings this is what I see:
    4.25 GB - for Final Fantasy 9 (I don't game much but I love this one)
    1.59 GB - for Google Play Music
    1.47 GB - for Netflix - because they have offline mode now which is amazing
    1.36 GB - for iTunes music
    883.7 MB - for Google Play Books - I have a lot of things downloaded for offline reading in case I am flying and forget to download something to read.

    PDF expert where I store all my current PDFs for work is only 590.5 MB and I haven't cleared out old drafts/chapters I don't need in a while.

    Notability where I take all my notes (almost daily note taking) is 76.7 MB

    As you can see my iPad storage is mainly filled with things that aren't directly related to my daily usage of the iPad (which is for work, not gaming or netflix watching). I could easily clean this up, but I am lazy and haven't gotten around to it yet.

    I think if cost is a concern, 32gb will work just fine. I'm still very happy with my purchase and don't plan on upgrading for a long time.
  9. unibility macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    Hello. I recently went from an iPad Air 1st generation to an iPad Pro 256GB 9.7 inch. I have stored PDF files ranging from 100MB to 150MB with pages ranging from 1600 to 7000 pages and it has never given me any issues. The reason for my upgrade was the speed bump but over time newer iOS slowed the machine down. I hope to now constantly upgrade the OS to prevent this. If you have the means to go for the larger storage.
  10. FeliApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2015
    I also go with as much as you can unless extreme overkill. I got the 128GB Pro because the 256 would have been too much. I still have 83 left and nothing else to add. I had a 64GB iPad 4 and had 23 left after three years so I knew the 128 would have been ample, so, in my case, the 256GB wasn't needed.
  11. rebelion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Thank you again for your comments guys! Saturn1217, that information is very relevant to me! I'm still thinking about the size...but taking into account that all my relevant biblio makes less than 8GB and I don't need all that in my iPad, I'm favoring the 32GB version.
  12. rebelion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Hi guys! Picked up my new pro last week. Finally go with the 32GB model, it's enough for me and with the difference I bought the pencil, which is amazing by the way. I'm happy with the purchase. Thank you for your help guys!!
  13. gobikerider Suspended


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    Hey with all your apps, how much actual space is left on your 32gigs. I'm just curious how much "breathing room" 32gb gives.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 11, 2017 ---
    Ahh so 32 gig is enough, I'm just waiting for the day were 32gig becomes the new 16gig and not offering enough space.
  14. rebelion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Please, look at the image. Taking into account that I do not use iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages...I have plenty of space for my needs. I will start the note taking soon, so in a month or so I will have a better knowledge about the space needed, but I'm confident with my choice.[/QUOTE]

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  15. gobikerider Suspended


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    Looks excellent as that's really about the same amount of space I use up, looking forward to having all that free space.
  16. lax28 macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2014
    New Jersey
    Glad to hear it worked out for you, I couldn't imagine trying to get by on 32GB now a days. All my devices are 128GB, and knowing some I plan to keep for several years or more I wonder if I should have opted for the 256 on my 9.7 Pro. 128 was the max when I purchased my 12.9. I do keep a lot of things locally on the device as internet is not always available and/or working correctly at work.

    Either way, enjoy they are great devices for note taking and working with PDFs as you are looking to do.

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